The Lincolnshire Music Service is excited to be working with Chineke!, Europe’s first black, Asian and ethnically diverse orchestra. The professional musicians are also involved in mentoring the organisation’s Chineke! Junior Orchestra, who are semi finalists in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, (due to appear on Saturday 26 September)!
Young members of LMS County Groups will be working with professional musicians from Chineke!, through an inspirational programme of events and activities developed in partnership with Orchestras Live, starting this autumn term.
County Groups are made of up of young musicians, aged up to 21, from across Lincolnshire. Registration is open now for new members, so more young people can take part in this amazing project. Due to Covid 19 the musicians aren’t able to meet in person, and will be taking part in rehearsals and performances for a new virtual orchestra developed by the Music Service, the Lincolnshire Youth Metropole Orchestra.
Jennifer McKie, Head of Lincolnshire Music Service said, “We’re very keen for our County Group members to have the opportunity to work with Chineke!, who will bring a fresh perspective to classical music for our young musicians. Chineke’s exceptional musicians will work alongside our members and team to realise a new approach to County Groups for 2020/21.
“It’s an especially thrilling time to be starting this relationship, as the Chineke! Junior Orchestra has recently made it through to the semi finals of Britain’s Got Talent, and the orchestra includes two current County Group members. We’ll be rooting for them and keeping everything crossed that they get through to the next stage!”
Malc Duckels County Group Co-ordinator added, “This is such an exciting opportunity for Lincolnshire Music Service. Our County Group offer has a completely new look and feel to it, and what better way to start the new season than with the announcement of such an amazing partnership. The link is strengthened even more with two of our students already being involved with Chineke!
“We’re taking this opportunity to widen our horizons and to perform a different style of music, whilst retaining a classical music feel.”
The project is being co-produced with Orchestras Live and will be facilitated by composer James Redwood with a team of professional musicians from Chineke!
Jan Ford, Senior Creative Producer is excited that Orchestras Live was able to facilitate the partnership with Chineke! “The young people are going to have such an amazing experience with these musicians and the Lincolnshire Music Service tutors. They’ll be able to compose new music and perform with some of the country’s top orchestral musicians and develop into a unique new ensemble for the future.”
Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE, the founder, Artistic and Executive Director of Chineke! added,
“I’m thrilled that the Chineke! professionals are involved with this project. Their experience and passion for music have been an inspiration to our Chineke! Junior musicians, giving them the confidence to deliver stand out performances for occasions like Britain’s Got Talent. I’m certain that the young musicians in Lincolnshire will derive so much joy and new insights from this brilliant opportunity.”
Workshops will start in autumn 2020, with a video gaming focus and will lead to young musicians composing a brand new work by Summer 2021 which may be shared in a national online music festival featuring young people from across the country If you would like to join County Groups 2020/21 visit our website for more details regarding registration: https://www.lincsmusicservice.org/music-groups/county-groups
|A Lincolnshire family is raising money for local maternity bereavement services after experiencing the loss of their baby girl.|
Hannah Laidler, 30, and Liam Hargrave, 30, from Lincoln, sadly experienced the stillbirth of their baby girl, Ayla Frankie, in March this year at just over 40 weeks into their pregnancy.
In honour of Ayla, her family are cycling 310 miles, from Helensburgh, Scotland to Lincoln County Hospital maternity unit. Ayla’s Dad and her three uncles will be making the epic journey, from Thursday 24 September to Sunday 27 September, to raise money for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust maternity bereavement services, SANDS and Tommy’s.
Their aim is to raise money to support those services and families going through a traumatic experience whilst also raising awareness of the support and advice that is available.
Hannah said, “We wanted to do something that will honour Ayla’s memory as well as help any other families who may go through a similar experience. Ayla will always be with us. We want those families to know that they are not alone and they can access help and support when they need it most.
“We also want to raise awareness and break the silence around baby loss, trying to make it less of a taboo/isolated subject, so other bereaved parents feel able to talk about their babies openly, and give friends/family members the confidence to ask questions and communicate with bereaved parents.
“For those who know of someone who has lost a baby, I urge you to ask them about their baby, don’t feel scared that you might upset them further, please ask all the same questions you would if their baby had lived. This will mean so much to them. Please don’t ignore that it has happened because it is far worse to say nothing at all.
“Ayla weighed 6lb 3oz, had lots of beautiful dark hair like her daddy and was the perfect combination of us both.”
Bereavement Midwife, Rachel Bond said, “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Hannah and Liam for thinking of others in their own time of need and we wish all the riders luck and hope they have a safe journey which is not hampered too much by saddle sores!”
You can donate to their JustGiving page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben-hargrave300?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=ben-hargrave300&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=e5d022d048e142ce8325adb2c2c7972b
If you would like to track their progress you can do so on Instagram @cycle_for_ayla
Photo shows: Liam Hargrave and Hannah Laidler.
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A pre-planned warrant at a Lincolnshire farm led to searches taking place over nine days after underground bunkers containing cannabis were found.
On the morning of Thursday 3rd September officers, drone support and the dog unit arrived at the farm in Skendleby near the east coast accompanied by officials from the Environment Agency who had intelligence to suggest waste was being stored illegally at the site.
Officers from the Spanish Civil Guard also joined the operation having provided information which supported intelligence obtained by Lincolnshire Police that a drug operation was taking place.
Four bunkers made up of shipping containers were found 20ft underground – their entrances concealed within barns. In total 12 shipping containers were used to make up the bunkers and house a large number of cannabis plants. Officers estimate the drugs would have a street value of approximately £580,000.
More than 300 tonnes of illegal waste, a shotgun and six stolen cars were also found. 22 horses and one llama were found at the farm itself in a poor condition and were taken away by officers.
Three men, aged 34, 35 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of production of a Class B drug, burglary with intent to steal, animal welfare offences and possible waste offences.
The 34-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a prohibited firearm and theft of a motor vehicle.
They have been released on bail while the investigation continues.
Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton from Lincolnshire Police said:
“We are extremely grateful to our counterparts in Spain and our partners for assisting with the exploration of this site.
“With the operation being underground we have needed some real specialist support to uncover this activity. Only with the skills of those who joined us from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency, East Lindsey District Council, RSPCA, Dyno-Rod and the Home Office’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory have we been able to get to this point.”
The seven Environment Agency officers attending found approximately 300 tonnes of baled waste, 60 part-dismantled vehicles, used asbestos roofing materials, household rubbish and mixed manufactured wood, plus evidence of 6 separate areas used to burn waste illegally. Any site which deposits, treats, stores or disposes of waste is breaking the law if they do so without a permit from the Environment Agency.
The three suspects were also interviewed in relation to this activity before being released on police bail. Investigations continue and officers will return to monitor the safe removal of the waste in the future – which is expected to cost those responsible up to £100,000.
Environment Agency Area Director Norman Robinson said:
“Waste crime is serious – it blights communities and risks real harm to people’s health and the environment, and we won’t hesitate to take action against those responsible.
“We’ve now been able to put a stop to illegal activity on this site – a testament to the determination, joint-working and intelligence-sharing between multiple organisations.
“Investigations continue, but in the meantime, we’d ask anyone who suspects illegal waste activity to report it to police hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
A 22-year-old man who punched his helpless victim with a knuckle duster during a sustained assault has been jailed for life.
Cole Newark, 22, brutally attacked Darren Birks, 40, with the weapon leaving him with severe injuries from which he never recovered.
Newark, of Witham Bank West, Boston, was also found guilty of possession of the offensive weapon which was used during the attack when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for trial.
Jailing him for life today, the trial judge told him he must serve a minimum of 20 years before he could be considered for release.
The court heard how Darren Birks, 40, was badly beaten by Newark, who had armed himself with a knuckle duster in Ingram Road, Boston, on the evening of April 29th, 2019.
CCTV obtained during the investigation shows the attack happened soon after Mr Birks rode past Newark who was outside the Premier shop in Shaw Road, Boston..
The swelling to Mr Birks’ face and head was so severe that he was placed in an induced coma in hospital. He died on May 9th.
Newark was arrested on May 1st and was initially charged with GBH. This indictment then changed to murder following Mr Birks’ death.
Newark entered a not guilty plea to murder bur pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Following the sentencing hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Karl Whiffen said: “This case has highlighted the absolute danger associated with carrying a weapon and the ultimate penalty that can be paid if one is used, I just wish we were able to bring this issue to the spotlight in a way that didn’t have such tragic consequences for so many people.
“On the evening of the 29th April 2019 Cole Newark was stood outside the Premier stores on Shaw Road when Darren Birks rode past him on a bicycle and headed down Ingram Road.
“On seeing Darren, Newark armed himself with a knuckle duster, chased and caught up with him. He then subjected Darren to a brutal assault using the knuckle duster. The attack lasted less than 60 seconds, but within that time Darren sustained five skull fractures, spinal fractures, Facial fractures, and multiple bleeds to the brain.
“I have been a detective for many years and a homicide SIO across the East Midlands for the last three and a half years. I can say without doubt that these are some of the worst assault injuries, inflicted on a person, in a public place that I’ve seen. Darren was savagely beaten.
“There are a number of issues that we can draw from this investigation. If you strike someone about the head repeatedly with a weapon you can expect a catastrophic outcome, in this case it was the death of another man.
“If you carry a weapon in public and attack someone you will most likely go to prison. Be under no illusion about that.
“Critically, and I want to be really clear about this, always remember that if you leave your home with a weapon, and get into a fight with someone else, you are only ever a few seconds from taking another person’s life, and sentencing your own family to a lifetime without you.
“This isn’t just a police issue, it’s a societal issue. We need to make it socially unacceptable to carry weapons in a public place.
“This weekend the investigation team’s thoughts are with the family of Darren Birks. Hopefully after the verdict this week, they can start the difficult process of moving forward.”
Following sentence, the family have released the following statement: “We as a family would like to thank everyone that has been involved in bringing us justice. In particular, Keith Roberts, Karl Whiffen, Calley Murray and all their team who we know have worked tirelessly collecting the evidence needed to bring us this verdict. We definitely wouldn’t be where we are now without them.
“It has been an extremely difficult struggle and a long time coming. But with the continued support of family and many friends we have held on to each other and come through this. I truly can’t stress enough how grateful we are to you all, you’ve held us up, and Darren can now rest in peace.
“The attack on Darren was particularly vicious, and no amount of years will fade that from our memories!
“Left in the aftermath of Cole Newark’s actions are myself along with Darren’s sister, brothers and many other relatives and friends. But most of all are Darren’s two beautiful young children who have lost their dad! They need to grow as children should now, without this shadow forever hanging over them!
“We’d also like everyone out there to remember that Cole Newark’s actions have affected two families and not ours alone.
“And finally, Please, please, please Do Not Carry a Weapon! If you don’t have it, then you can’t use it!”
A woman received a stab injury while in traffic on Winsover Road in Spalding. The victim was in a white Mazda near the level crossing at the junction with Thomas Street and had her arm out of the window.
There was one car in front of her vehicle and when the barrier began to lift a group of four teenage men cycled past with one stabbing her in the arm.
It is suspected this was caused by something similar to a screwdriver due to the puncture nature of the wound.
The group are described as white, dressed in dark clothing and wearing baseball caps.
They left the scene by heading down Thomas Street and the victim has attended hospital. This incident happened at around 4.10pm.
There are a number of ways to contact us if you witnessed this or have captured dashcam footage:
• By emailing email@example.com – please remember to put the reference incident 333 of 12 September in the subject box
• Via our non-emergency number 101, quoting reference incident 333 of 12 September
• Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org
The metal viewing platform will allow visitors to look out to the Wash and beyond, at an important spot in the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and their voyage to New England in the 1600s.
The joint project between Arts Council England and Lincolnshire County Council is part of a series of projects in the Boston area celebrating the Mayflower’s 400th anniversary. It also adds to a series of other shelters and lookouts installed on the Lincolnshire coast in recent years. Installation for the structure at Scotia Creek is planned for November 2020.
Cllr Colin Davie, executive councillor for economy and place at the county council, said: ”Lincolnshire played an important role in the iconic story of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the county has some incredible links to their journey as they sought religious freedom.
“Although the Mayflower 400 celebrations have mostly been postponed until summer 2021, the connection this part of Lincolnshire has to the founding of America is well worthy of our celebration at any time.”
Peter Knott, Midlands Area Director for Arts Council England, said: “Recognising significant events in history like the Mayflower voyage, through arts and creativity is important for us all and can help us acknowledge what the Mayflower journey has come to symbolise to different people.
“We’re really pleased to be supporting the Scotia Creek project through our National Lottery Project Grants, and hope the installation will give visitors space to reflect and the opportunity to learn about the history of Boston and Lincolnshire’s coast.”
The new structure incorporates an elevated 5m metal deck with a balustrade containing features depicting the navigational journey to the New World, and the stars in the night sky used to get there. The deck is level with the top of the new bank profile, and accessed from it. The design considers themes of navigation relating to migration, flight and exploration of unknown worlds. The platform provides shelter and has seating that can be altered by visitors to give views back to Boston, as well as out to sea.
A man in his 20s whose Corsa was in a collision near Sleaford has sadly died.
Officers were called to an RTC at Moor Lane with the junction of A153, Leasingham Moor, Sleaford just after 8.45 on Thursday 27th August.
Two vehicles are involved, a white Vauxhall Corsa and a Man HGV which was transporting live poultry. The driver of the Corsa has been taken to hospital with serious injuries, from which he has since died.
The driver of the HGV was not injured.
Police are appealing for anyone or saw either vehicle who has dash cam footage of the white Vauxhall Corsa which travelled along Moor Lane to the junction of the B1209 or the HGV which was travelling along the A153 towards Ruskington to contact the investigation team.
Officers were also called to an RTC on the B1398, North Carlton, Lincoln, at 06:20pm on Thursday 27th August.
It involved two vehicles, a black Vauxhall Corsa and a grey A7 Audi.
Sadly, the driver of the Corsa, a woman in her 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Audi sustained minor injuries.
And yesterday, Friday, a man has died following a collision at 12.16pm in Lincoln Road, Ruskington.
Itinvolved three vehicle – a black Volvo V40, a black Peugeot 207 and an EMAS Ambulance.
The driver of the black Volvo, a man, aged 29, died at the scene.
DS Helen Allcroft, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is the 3rd tragic death on our roads in 2 days. It’s devastating news, my team and I send our condolences to the family and friends of the people who have lost their lives.
“We will do a thorough investigation into each collision and determine the causes and until we know what’s happened, I ask people not to speculate.
“I make another appeal for witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage of the 3 vehicles as they travelled in Ruskington or the collision itself to contact us.”
You can contact police in one of the following ways:
By calling 101 quoting the reference 81 of 27th August 2020
By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – please remember to put the reference 81 of 27th August 2020 in the subject box
A 25-year-old man has been jailed for possession of more than 12,000 indecent images of children.
Jack Nicholls, from Lincoln, was sentenced at Lincoln Crown on August 13 to three years and three months imprisonment, put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and given an open ended Sexual Harm Prevention Order.
He was charged in July with six counts of Making Indecent Images of children, two counts of Possession of Indecent images of children and breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. All offences took place between March 2018 and January 2020.
He was first arrested in January this year and was released on bail pending further investigations. His three mobile phones were seized and 9,852 indecent images were located on these devices. The images ranged from Category A (the most serious) through to Category C.
While on bail, Nicholls continued to download images and was arrested for a second time on July 7th. At this time two more phones were seized from him and contained a further 2,529 images. Whilst examining his phones officers also discovered he had sent inappropriate messages to a 14-year-old girl in 2018 which placed him in breach of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order handed to him in 2015.
Inspector Nicola Hill said: “Behind every indecent image of a child is a vulnerable victim and these crimes are among the most appalling that the team investigates.
“Nicholls is a habitual collector of indecent images that include category A, the most serious kind, for his own sexual gratification. There was a lot of work involved from the investigating officer to ensure we had recovered all images.
“Tackling online viewing of indecent images is a priority for police and we will do everything in our power to bring offenders to justice.
“If anybody else is out there suffering in silence I want you to know that there is help and support available, both from Lincolnshire Police, and from reliable and trusted support groups.”
Anyone with information or wants to report sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.